So here is what we know, Erik Bedard is going to the disabled list. It's retroactive to June 8th and he's eligible to come off on June 23rd. LHP Jason Vargas will take Bedard's spot in the rotation on Saturday, and Felix Hernandez will start on Sunday.
According to Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, Bedard will go visit Dr. Lewis Yocum in the Los Angeles. If you remember, Yocum was the orthopedic surgeon who did the offseason procedure on Bedard.
"We're close," Zduriencik said. "We're right here. Yocum is very familiar with him and what's went on in the past. I think there's a comfort zone there so we'll see what happens tomorrow."
So what exactly happened?
Well, Bedard felt some discomfort in the back part of his shoulder following his flat-ground throwing session. And yesterday we saw him pointing to spots on his shoulder as he talked to trainer Rick Griffin.
"He just said he was uncomfortable," Zduriencik said. "When he got done throwing he said he felt a little bit back there. But he said he was okay. We were going to do a bullpen today. But thinking through this thing a little bit more, we talked about it this afternoon when Don and I went to lunch, and we just said, he's already missed time, we can back date this thing 10 days, a little bit similar to what we did with Ichiro and save some time."
So where is the level of concern?
"With Erik I'm hoping this is just precautionary," Zduriencik said. "He's going to go up and see Dr. Yocum tomorrow who did some work on him this past winter. We backdated the DL which bought us some time, what we're hoping for is he's ready to go next week. That's the plan for him. But we'll know a little bit more after tomorrow. Nobody wants to take a chance with has as good as he's been throwing."
Said manager Don Wakamatsu: There was nothing after his last start. He felt some achiness, some inflammation in there. The last thing we want to do is to have him go down that path of last year. So instead of having him throw that bullpen today, we said, let's get it checked out. We can back-date him and be ready for the Tuesday start (against the Padres in Safeco)
So did something change from yesterday?
Coming into today, he felt a little stiffness in there and didn't like what he felt," Wakamatsu said. "It's one of those things, you don't know how he feels. You can't get inside his body. I'd be the last guy to question that, because I went through a similar situation. All we care about is getting it right."
Wakamatsu was asked about Bedard's forthrightness about the discomfort after what happened last season with the confusion about his health.
"Because he went through that last year, and didn't want to go through that and miss that much time, he's done a great job as far as letting us know he feels something in there that's not quite 100 percent," Wakamatsu said. "We want to make sure we keep him healthy all year."
As for Mike Carp, this could be like the cliche - a cup of coffee. Really there is no set time that he could be here. Realistically if the Mariners need pitching in a pinch, Carp could be sent out on Friday or Saturday for Ryan Rowland-Smith or bullpen help.
But Carp, who hitting .299 with with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBI and a stellar on-base percentage of .412 and a slugging percentage of .517 earned a chance to come up.
"The guy has played well down there and he's done a nice job," Zduriencik said. "He's a first baseman and were going to lose a first baseman for a day, so why not gtive him a reward. At the end of the day, the guy's played good and he's earned it. He was on the roster and it was an easy move."
Carp isn't in the line-up tonight, but will start on Thursday. And being from Long Beach, he's got family coming. He's got 28 passes for the game tonight. He was notified after last night's game in Portland and flew out this morning.
"I set four alarms and left one wake-up call," he said.
But because he didn't know for certain that he was going to be activated he couldn't really spread the good news. He actually arrived in San Diego and ate lunch and waited to find out.
"I was walking on clouds," Carp said. "I didn't get much sleep, but I am wide awake now."
Carp took early batting practice and had the luxury of Ken Griffey Jr. commenting about him the whole time.
"There were a lot of jitters, especially with Griffey standing behind the cage saying things," Carp said. "After first couple swings, I calmed down and went to work."
While Carp has played some outfield with the Rainiers, and he says he'd feel comfortable if he had to play left field, Wakamatsu doesn't necessarily share the same comfort level, saying that playing outfield is a "secondary" thought.
Carp may only play a handful of games though.
"We're looking at it short-term right now. But it's a great opportunity for him. Probably not a better place to come for your debut than San Diego.
Can even a few games at the MLB level help him and his progress?
"Absolutely, any time you can come here and be around this, be around guys he met in spring training, especially guys like Junior and Mike Sweeney it helps," Wakamatsu said.
That makes six players from the JJ Putz -- if you count Garrett Olson and Ronny Cedeno, who were rolled over for Aaron Heilman -- to be on the 25-man roster from the Mariners. We tried to get Zduriencik to take some credit for it. But he would have none.
"You always make trade in the idea that it helps both clubs," Zduriencik said. "They had a need at that time for some bullpen help. How do you know if guys are going to be healthy? They are in a tough situation now with what's happened to Putz, but who's to say what would happened if two of our guys got hurt. It's abut equity. We took younger players and they got seasoned vets if you will."